Published: November 2021

ID #: CAS058

Publisher: Center for Science in the Public Interest

Authors: Friedman E, Johnson J

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People who rely on the charitable food system both want and deserve nutritious food and beverages that support their health. Yet a 2018 report by MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity found that, on average, 25 percent of food bank distributions remain unhealthy. CSPI conducted research to determine how federal and state governments can better leverage public policy to increase the amount of nutritious food and decrease the amount of unhealthy food donated to food banks. Findings were used, in conjunction with HER’s model food bank nutrition standards, to develop recommendations for advocates and policymakers and a model donation policy for grocery stores.

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